March Madness: No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Duke

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points, Chris Silva scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and seventh-seeded South Carolina stunned No. 2 seed Duke 88-81 on Sunday night to advance to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament's expanded bracket.

The Gamecocks (24-10) trailed by 10 points early in the second half after one of its coldest shooting stretches of the season to start. But behind Thornwell's outside shooting and Silva's dominance underneath, South Carolina rallied to win two NCAA games for the first time in 44 years.

The Gamecocks rushed to their fans when things were over, celebrating one of the biggest wins in program history.

Next up is the East Regional at Madison Square Garden where the Gamecocks will face third-seeded Baylor, an 82-78 winner over Southern Cal earlier Sunday.

Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks dunks the ball in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

PJ Dozier #15 and Rakym Felder #4 of
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PJ Dozier #15 and Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks react in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Duke Blue Devils bench reacts in the
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The Duke Blue Devils bench reacts in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils handles the ball in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Frank Jackson #15 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Frank Jackson #15 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket against Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Head coach Frank Martin of the South Carolina
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Head coach Frank Martin of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils trips in the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts on the bench in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Duane Notice #10 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Duane Notice #10 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Rakym Felder #4 and PJ Dozier #15 of
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Rakym Felder #4 and PJ Dozier #15 of the South Carolina Gamecocks react in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates defeating the Duke Blue Devils 88-81 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Amile Jefferson #21 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Amile Jefferson #21 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

TeMarcus Blanton #5 and Hassani Gravett #2 of
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TeMarcus Blanton #5 and Hassani Gravett #2 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with teammates after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 88-81 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles against Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts as he loses the ball in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks looks on in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates defeating the Duke Blue Devils 88-81 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils battle for the ball in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils fouls Sedee Keita #24 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Duke's Grayson Allen, left, is fouled by South
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Duke's Grayson Allen, left, is fouled by South Carolina's Sedee Keita, center, as he tries to pass the ball to Harry Giles, right, during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Sedee Keita #24 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Sedee Keita #24 of the South Carolina Gamecocks blocks a shot by Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin argues a
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South Carolina head coach Frank Martin argues a call during the first half in a second-round game against Duke in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Duke's Jayson Tatum, left, drives past South Carolina's
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Duke's Jayson Tatum, left, drives past South Carolina's Chris Silva, right, during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball in the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski shouts at his
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski shouts at his team during the first half in a second-round game against South Carolina in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Duke's Matt Jones, top, steals the ball from
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Duke's Matt Jones, top, steals the ball from South Carolina's PJ Dozier, bottom, during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski throws his jacket
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski throws his jacket on the floor during the first half in a second-round game against South Carolina in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Duke's Frank Jackson (15) looks to pass as
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Duke's Frank Jackson (15) looks to pass as South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell (0) and Chris Silva (30) defend during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Duke's Jayson Tatum (0) reacts to making a
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Duke's Jayson Tatum (0) reacts to making a three-point basket against South Carolina during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles the ball against Maik Kotsar #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles the ball against Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks
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Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Amile Jefferson #21 of the Duke Blue Devils battle for the opening tip-off during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots the ball against Maik Kotsar #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Matt Jones #13 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Matt Jones #13 of the Duke Blue Devils handles the ball against PJ Dozier #15 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue
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Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Frank Jackson #15 of the Duke Blue Devils
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Frank Jackson #15 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket against Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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